The upside of high EHR ‘divorce rates’

by kvrba on September 19, 2014 · 0 comments

The coming year will be perhaps the most challenging for eligible providers in the meaningful use program. EPs face a significant transition to MU Stage 2 requirements with ramped-up reporting rules. Andy Nieto, health IT strategist for secure messaging provider DataMotion, was asked for his views on how the changes will shake out at small […]

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In an interview with Healthcare Informatics, Russell P. Branzell, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), said he believed that a bill introduced into the House of Representatives on Sep. 16 by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-North Carolina) and Rep. James Matheson (D-Utah) to amend the reporting requirements […]

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Developers want mHealth security talks

by kvrba on September 19, 2014 · 0 comments

App developers, who say they are being left out of important mHealth privacy and security conversations, are calling on the federal government to give them a little more transparency around the issues. In a letter to Congressman Tom Marino, R-Pa., several developers and the 5,000-member ACT/The App Association have asked to be brought up to […]

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ONC final rule offers ‘alternative’ certification criteria

September 19, 2014

A new rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT both creates more flexibility for 2014 EHR criteria and abandons a controversial voluntary 2015 Edition criteria. “In consideration of public comment received on the proposed rule,” the ONC announcement from both ONC and Health and Human Services said. The final rule provides […]

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Health IT early mover advantage examined

September 18, 2014

Although few healthcare organizations view first-adopter status as a business advantage, those that more quickly implement new technologies do reap valuable returns on these investments, a new study suggests. Consumer behavior and expectations are the primary factors driving healthcare market changes, according to 61% of respondents in “The Digital Dividend: First Mover Advantage,” a study […]

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$445M in bonuses given to ACOs

September 18, 2014

About a quarter of the 243 groups of hospitals and doctors that banded together as accountable care organizations under the Affordable Care Act saved Medicare enough money to earn bonuses, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday. Those 64 ACOs earned a combined $445 million in bonuses, the agency said. Medicare saved $372 […]

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Americans endure unwanted care near death: IOM study

September 18, 2014

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by “perverse incentives” for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. Though people repeatedly stress a desire to die at home, free from pain, the […]

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AMA presses for better EHRs

September 18, 2014

The American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 members, says its time to fix poorly designed EHRs so doctors can use them more effectively and better serve their patients. The demand follows an AMA study with RAND Corp. confirming that physician frustration with EHRs is taking a significant toll not only on them, but […]

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Majority of U.S. physicians are over-extended or at full capacity survey says

September 17, 2014

The Physicians Foundation survey examines physician morale, EMR patterns and doctor shortages U.S. patients are likely to face growing challenges in access to care if shifting patterns in medical practice configurations and physician workforce trends continue. This is one of the key findings of a survey of 20,000 physicians that was commissioned by The Physicians […]

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Using meaningful use, ICD-10 to build a successful practice

September 17, 2014

A provider’s EHR system has a critical role to play in the short-term pursuit of meaningful use and the long-term achievement of compliance with ICD-10. For North Carolina Pediatric Associates, the recent transition to new certified EHR technology (CEHRT) has even more far-reaching benefit as a means of connecting a growing physician practice. “For me […]

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